Handbook of Object Novelty Recognition - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128120125

Handbook of Object Novelty Recognition, Volume 26

1st Edition

Series Volume Editors: Abdel Ennaceur Maria de Souza Silva
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128120125
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st May 2018
Page Count: 400
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Table of Contents

1. Vision in Rats and Mice
2. Perception of Object Features and Discrimination
3. The Role of Olfaction and the Vibrissae in Object Recognition
4. Memory Tests: Methods and Test Procedures
5. Theories and Concepts
6. Object Recognition in Rats and Mice
7. Lesion Studies
8. Pharmacological Studies
9. Genetic Studies
10. Early-Gene Imaging Studies
11. Electrophysiology Studies
12. Substances of Abuse and Addiction
13. Schizophrenia
14. Alzheimer’s Disease
15. Ischemia and Cerebral Hemorrhage
16. Developmental Studies
17. Sex and Hormones


The recognition of objects in the surrounding environment plays an essential role for survival for humans and animals, and our environments are comprised of a wide variety of physical objects that we must recognize. How do we perceive these objects from various viewpoints, in unusual orientations, with varying background noise and at different scales, under partial occlusion or in different illuminations? How do we encode these objects, recognize them, and ultimately remember them? For many years, tests of object recognition were limited to visual pattern discrimination and object-novelty induced neophobia, but in the past few decades, the object novelty recognition task has gained in popularity—the task is simple to administer, relies on spontaneous exploratory activity, and can be administered in the same way to rats, mice, non-human primates, and humans.

Handbook of Object Novelty Recognition synthesizes the empirical and theoretical advances in the field of object recognition and memory since the development of the spontaneous object recognition task. The book is divided into four sections to cover all aspects of the memory of objects; the first covers vision and perception of object features and attributions, definitions of concepts that are associated with object recognition, descriptions of methods and techniques used to assess object recognition, and variants of the test. The second section discusses the influence of brain lesions and drugs on various memory functions and processes. The third covers models of neuropsychiatric disorders based on spontaneous object recognition tasks, and the final section covers genetic and developmental studies, as well as gender and hormone studies. Together, the chapters in Handbook of Object Novelty Recognition provide thorough coverage of the topic for students and researchers investigating all aspects of object memory.

Key Features

  • Details the brain structures and neural circuits that underlie memory of objects, including vision and olfaction, as well as coverage of how lesions, drugs, and other factors influence memory
  • Provides a thorough description of the object novelty recognition task, variations on the basic task, and methods and techniques to help researchers avoid common pitfalls associated with the task
  • Assists researchers in understanding all aspects of object memory, conducting object novelty recognition tests, and producing reliable, reproducible results


Advanced students and researchers in behavioral neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, developmental neuroscience, neuropsychology, and neuropharmacology


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About the Series Volume Editors

Abdel Ennaceur Series Volume Editor

Dr Abdelkader Ennaceur is a Senior Lecturer in Therapeutics in the Department of Pharmacy, Health and Well-being at the University of Sunderland. His research focuses on the brain structures and neurochemical systems that underlie learning and memory, and emotion. He has developed a number of behavioral tasks for rodents that assess anxiety, learning, and memory, and these behavioral tasks form the basis of his current research projects. He has authored nearly 40 scholarly publications and in 2013 was guest editor of 25 Years of Object Recognition, a special issue of Behavioural Brain Research.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer in Therapeutics, Faculty of Applied Science, Department of Pharmacy, Health and Well-being, University of Sunderland, UK

Maria de Souza Silva Series Volume Editor

Dr. Maria de Souza Silva is deputy director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Dusseldorf. Her research investigates learning and memory processes with different behavioral paradigms and the characterization of their neurochemical mechanisms, especially the cholinergic system of the basal forebrain. The focus of this work is on the investigation of the role of neurokinin receptors (NK1, NK2 and NK3) in rodents and their involvement in aging-associated deficits. In parallel, she also investigates the development of new animal models of learning/memory and the investigation of alternative ways of drug administration for targeting the brain. She is the author of nearly 100 scholarly publications.

Affiliations and Expertise

Deputy Director, Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Düsseldorf, Germany